Windows 7 Access C$ Remotely as an Administrator

Issue:

You have an user account with administrators right on a Windows 7 machine.  You can create/share/access normal folders remotely.  However, you cannot access administrative shares (e.g. \\mywin7\c$).

Solutions that work for me:

  1. On the Windows 7 machine, make sure the Home/Work profile has File and Printer Sharing enabled.
  2. On the Windows 7 machine, create an 32-bit DWORD registry key LocalAccountTokenFilterPolicy with a value of 1 under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System.
  3. On the Windows 7 machine, leave any joined Homegroup.

See reference link for detailed steps.

Reference: http://blog.hansmelis.be/2009/09/06/administrative-shares-in-windows-7/

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